Weak graphic on new PC

I just purchased a new Windows 10 system that was optimized for audio editing. That means no high-end graphic card and only an Intel HD Graphics 630. Easiest editing is no longer possible. The program is lagging everywhere. The only thing that still works is the trimmer window. The viewer doesn't show fluid picture frames but shows maybe 4 different pictures within 8 seconds. I assume I have to upgrade my graphic card... or is there any tweak to make Hitfilm Pro 2017 running smoother?


  • Start with this. It's long but excellent and will make your life much easier in the long run. Cineform gives you  the best performance but large files and NormanAVC gives you good performance with smaller files. In the long run a discrete GPU is really the way to go but even when you have one, you still want to go with one of the above options. 


  • Thank you but I don't have any performance. Even with small files the software stucks. No colour grading, no fx. When I hit play I hear only audio and see a frozen image. After a few seconds the image changes.

    Since my processor is super fast (i7-7700K 4.2 GHz) it has to be the onboard graphic.

  • @ambergart HitFilm's performance with a lot of MP4 media "as is", isn't very good. Transcoding to something edit friendly can make a world of difference even on systems like yours without a discrete GPU. Here is a thread that demos the difference between using a clip "as is" versus transcoding to something edit friendly. 


    If you don't want to watch the entire video I posted earlier, here is @NormanPCN 's thread on using Handbrake or FFMpeg to transcode to NormanAVC


    As I said earlier Cineform will give you the best performance on Windows and here is my thread on using VirtualDub FilterMod to transcode to Cineform


    Having a discrete GPU is the best option but I promise you, transcoding can be the difference between not being able to do anything to actually being able to work on project.

  • Plus you can transcode directly to Cineform in HF.  Drag all your clips to the timeline, add to Export and output to Cineform.

  • edited November 2017

    @Stargazer54 @Triem23 That's something I was wondering about...to get footage into an NLE friendly (ie uncompressed) state, is Hitfilm the go-to now?  Or is something else faster?

  • @dplester The answer to that is going to depend on what the original footage is like and what else you want to do when you ingest clips. If your clips are really harsh and/or you want to extract audio tracks you probably want to use something else other than HitFilm to transcode. If HitFilm doesn't have too much trouble handling your clips then you probably just want to use HitFilm to transcode. 

  • Transcoding in something like Virtualdub should be approx twice as fast an using Hitfilm. At least in a quick test I did transcoding to Cineform 422 high that is the rough difference.

    The overhead of the Hitfilm video engine is the likely reason. The most likely culprit there is the GPU readback performance thing. Hitfilm is sending everything through the full video engine. A transcoder can just send the decoded data directly to the encoder. A pure CPU operation.

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